Couples massages at a lakeside resort, wine tastings at a local vineyard, and watching the sun rise over Lake Superior – these are among the many moments you can share with that special someone on a Minnesota vacation. In fact, the capital city of St. Paul was recently named the Best Romantic North American Getaway in USA Today’s 10Best readers’ poll. Elsewhere in the state, couples will find cozy bed-and-breakfasts, romantic restaurants and stunning scenery to reignite the flame. Find more ideas below, add them to your favorites, and plan a romantic getaway to Minnesota today.
What's the definition of a "cozy restaurant"? It varies from diner to diner, but it usually includes warm hospitality, comforting food, a lack of pretense, and quiet surroundings. The restaurants that follow illustrate the idea that while Minnesota may not lack glossy, contemporary fine dining, it also has some charmingly low-key spots to grab a bite to eat and reconnect with those important people in your life.
There’s little that rekindles romance like a cozy B&B room with a fireplace at the end of a crisp winter’s day exploring the sights together. The river towns of southeast Minnesota are ideal for that sort of getaway.
The link between food and love may be ancient, but it continues to thrive in modern times right here in the Upper Midwest. Wherever you travel in Minnesota, there's likely to be a romantic culinary getaway awaiting you.
For many travelers, a hotel is much more than a place to sleep. Extras like swimming pools, Wi-Fi access and complimentary breakfast can be the deciding factor in choosing one place over another. But for those seeking a truly unique experience, many lodging properties throughout Minnesota offer sleeping quarters, history and other quirks that can’t be found anywhere else.
Minnesota takes a lot of cues from Scandinavia, with numerous shops, restaurants, cultural attractions, and even the name of our football team paying homage to this northern European region. While Scandinavians have been immigrating to Minnesota for centuries (close to a third of the state’s population is of Scandinavian descent), a more recent import is the concept of hygge.
Local hip-hop icon Dessa talks about some of Minneapolis’ most intimate music rooms. Find out why she loves to perform and attend shows at venues like The Icehouse, Aster Cafe and Triple Rock, each of which has its own unique appeal.
In Minnesota, a spa retreat is never far away, whether it’s tucked into a wooded resort or in a posh downtown hotel.
For a perfect romantic getaway, or just a weekend of quiet luxury away from everything, Minnesota's bed-and-breakfasts and historic inns are just the ticket.